Linda Blair is an actress based in the United States of America. Blair rose to fame after playing the character of a possessed girl in the movie ‘The Exorcist (1973)’. She did a repetition of her role in the second part of the movie ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)’. She is a supporter of animal rights. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Linda Blair in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Linda Denise Blair took birth on 22nd January 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father James Frederick was a test pilot in Navy. Her mother’s name is Elinore Blair. Linda has an older brother named Jim. Debbie is her elder sister. Linda was just two years old when her family shifted to Westport, Connecticut. Her father left Navy and got a job as an executive recruiter. Her mother was a real estate broker.
Linda Blair started dating at a young age of fifteen. She was in a relationship with an Australian singer named Rick Springfield. They met in a concert at ‘Whisky a Go Go.’ She dated Glenn Hughes, who was a bassist in the famous English rock band ‘Deep Purple.’ Linda also had a relationship with the guitarist Tommy Shaw of American band ‘Styx.’
She had dated American actor, director Wings Hauser in the early 1990’s. American singer-songwriter Rick James wrote a song ‘Cold Blooded’ about Linda when the duo was in a relationship. James revealed the truth that Linda aborted their child without letting him know.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Linda Blair formally started her career at a tender age of 5 as a child model. She has appeared in several departmental store catalogs like ‘J.C. Penny’, ‘Sears’ and ‘Macy’s.’ Her acting career started with a soap opera ‘Hidden Faces’ in 1968. Linda was selected among 600 other applicants for her most remarkable role as ‘Regan’ in ‘The Exorcist’ in 1972. She won ‘People’s Choice Award’ and a ‘Golden Globe’ for this role. In 1974, she played a role of a sexually abused runaway teen in a very controversial TV film ‘Born Innocent.’
From 1975 to 1978, Linda bagged several lead roles in TV films like ‘Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic,’ ‘Sweet Hostage’ and ‘Victory at Entebbe.’ In 1978, Linda received ‘Saturn Award’ for Exorcist sequel ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic.’ She became a sex symbol with the role she played in ‘Roller Boogie.’ Blair starred in numerous horror films such as ‘Hell Night,’ ‘Chained Heat’ etc. In 2001-03, she hosted an American reality TV series ‘Scariest Places on Earth.’
Net Worth & Earnings
Linda Blair has an estimated net worth of $18 million. She has made this fortune from her acting career. She has hosted reality TV shows and has acted in several television films. Blair established an NGO ‘Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation’ in 2004.
Linda Blair has always been an animal lover. She has been working in many non-profit organizations like ‘PETA,’ ‘Variety, the Children’s Charity,’ ‘Feed the Children’, etc. Blair has become vegan since 2001. She is the co-author of a book ‘Going Vegan!’.